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W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Location : My studio (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

ANNE FRANK said :
“Some­times I very much doubt whether, in the future, any­one will be inter­ested in all my tosh. “The un-bo­som­ings of an ugly duck­ling” will be the title of all this nonsense!

A cup of coffee and one of my Nature Journals – two of the great pleasures of life! I’ve been journaling since child-hood, when I wrote about and sketched little things I found in the garden, about my pets, and important dates like friends’ birthdays and little poems I would add to birthday cards I made for them. When I became a teenager, my journals were my solace for broken hearts, my miseries and joys and ‘important’ happenings in my life, always accompanied by sketches, collages and leaves and grasses I found in nature.

In later life my Nature Journal recorded dates and sketches of my animals, the plants and insects in my garden and any interesting info I learnt along the way. I found the coffee to be important during ‘thinking’ spells, always reaching out for the cup when I paused in thought. And oh! how many times don’t I put my paint brush in my coffee in stead of the water bowl, adding a bit of interest to the sketches!

  1. 14th July 2011 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  2. 2nd December 2012 – FEATURED in All Things Coffee
  3. January 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Still Life Coffee in ‘All things Coffee’ – 6th place
  4. 7th February 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  5. 7th April 2014 – FEATURED in Tools

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Magnificent!! The glasses are perfect! Love it! ;-)…and love journals too…

  • Whoot whoot! Thank you Liz, I’m thrilled you Like this! And thank you for the fav, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    pass the cream, I’ll be right there! ;O))) wonderful Maree! take care, Linda

  • No sugar….? Thank you Linda see you in a while! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholabout 3 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Thank you Sue, for the fav too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    oh yes, two spoons please! :O)))))

  • Coming right up!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 3 years ago

    With your wonderful skills both as an artist and a raconteur, I cannot image anything more pleasureable than sitting in the African sunshine (I know in short supply at the moment) travelling through your life with you via your journals. The intimacies you must have shared down the years, the secrets divulged, the beauty of your surroundings captured for posterity, to be party to that amazing document would be privilege indeed. Make sure that your children read it one day. What a wonderful legacy. Alma x

  • Oh Alma, how can you say such beautiful things so easily…? But that I too could write like that! I actually have a box full of journals dating back many years, so I’m sure the grand-children will have a ball! Thank you for your lovely comment and the fav, you know I really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marriet
    Marrietabout 3 years ago

    Very nice work. Love the quote as well. ")

  • Thanks Marriet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MikiFonv
    MikiFonvabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, Maree… as I am a huge fan of mugs and mugs paintings, I am especially happy that YOU painted that one in your so sensitive style…

  • Aaah, thanks a lot Mi Ki, means a lot coming from you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    such a pleasure! my Grandmother kept a journal nearly everyday of her adult life (born in 1885) and were an amazing treasure!! keep up your fine work, Maree!!!

  • Thanks for that Sally! Did you ever get to read them….?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonabout 3 years ago

    My journal is in my head :D:D

  • That’s a great place Tokiko, very safe! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    How lovely, Maree! I love your comments and the Anne Frank quote along with this!

  • That’s great Dot, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

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